EXPORT, PA. - Ralph Weiss has left the company he co-founded, Ventana Plastics Co., to join the new window profile extrusion joint venture formed by Vinyl Building Products Inc. and Thyssen Polymer of Germany. Tony Pauly has been named vice president and general manager at Ventana, a manufacturer
of specialty-shaped PVC windows. Pauly held management jobs in Poly Hi Solidur International, a division of Menasha Corp. in Delmont, Pa., which compression molds sheet and extrudes rods and profiles from ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene.
Ventana Plastics co-founder Guenther Pennekamp has an ownership stake in that business. Pennekamp announced the personnel moves Oct. 30.
In 1987, Pennekamp and Weiss founded Ventana Plastics in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The company is believed to be the largest specialty bender of PVC windows, with sales of about $5 million. In 1993, Ventana moved from Murrysville to a larger plant in nearby Export.
Ventana recently completed the design for a 12,500-square-foot expansion in Export, which should be completed this spring.
Ventana bends the vinyl frame and also cuts glass panes for the windows, sometimes called architectural windows.
Weiss remains in the window business with his move to Vinyl Building Products in Oakland, N.J. He has been named executive vice president. The firm is the seventh-largest window extruder in North America, with 1994 sales of $31 million, according to Plastics News data. On Sept. 12, Vinyl Building Products announced a joint venture with Thyssen Polymer, a German profile extruder based in Munich. Thyssen acquired a 50 percent equity in Vinyl Building Products.